Three men were on Wednesday brought before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan charged for their involvement in the brazen daytime robbery committed on Bank of Baroda last week.
Thirty-four-year-old taxi driver Sean Anthony Aaron called ‘Ninja’ or ‘Ratty’ of 317 North East La Penitence; Kennard Jabar, 28, of 88 Freeman Street, East La Penitence, and 39-year-old Eon Campbell were not required to plead to the indictable charge which read that on January 22, at Mon Repos while being together with others and armed with a gun, they robbed Raywattie Lall and Latchmie Mohabir of $2,075,900.
They were also read a charge which alleged that on the same day, they robbed Shirley Lucas of a .32 Taurus Pistol valued $160,000 property of Roshan Khan (RK) Security Services.
Aaron and Jabar were unrepresented in court yesterday. However, Campbell’s attorney made an application for reasonable bail telling the court that his client was implicated by the other suspects simply because he removed ‘tint’ from the getaway car which Attorney stated his client does for a living. He stated that his client has three children and has been a graphic artist for the past 15 years.
It was further related that Campbell sells car accessories, makes licence plates and tints car windows. The lawyer argued that the only involvement his client has is in the removal of the tint which does not necessarily mean he was involved in planning and perpetrating the robbery.
However, Police Prosecutor Deniro Jones objected to bail based on the seriousness of the offence and the penalty that the offence attracts. He also highlighted the fact that Jabar gave the Police a different address from that which was given to the court. He stated that they have credible evidence and that the three accused admitted to being part and parcel of the bank robbery. The Magistrate thereby refused bail citing the Prosecutor’s reasoning as well as the fact that a lethal weapon was stolen and for the sake of public safety. They were remanded to prison and the matter was transferred to the Vigilance Magistrates’ Court for February 9.
It was reported that four masked gunmen stormed Bank of Baroda at Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara and carted off an undisclosed sum of cash. According to information received, four bandits invaded the Bank which is located on the ground floor of the Mon Repos Mall at about 12:50hrs, and relieved the female security guard of her .32 service revolver.
The men then held two female bank tellers at gunpoint and relieved them of the money. Customers were not conducting business at the time of the robbery. After committing the robbery, the four bandits exited the building and escaped in a waiting silver-grey Toyota Primo car bearing licence plate PNN 8984. The Police disclosed that the plates were false. Upon receiving the report, the Police swiftly erected road blocks at strategic locations but the car was not seen. The surveillance footage has since been handed over to the Police as they continue to investigate the robbery.